BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Primate fossil in virtual reality

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Primate fossil in virtual reality.

So, here she is.  A common ancestor to humans and the lemur.  Just over a meter long from top of head to tip of tail, she’s got stereoscopic vision like us, opposable thumbs like us, and she’s really cool-looking

The beautifully preserved remains of a 47-million-year-old lemur-like creature have been unveiled in the US. The preservation is so good, it is possible to see the outline of its fur and even traces of its last meal.  The fossil, nicknamed Ida, is claimed to be a “missing link” between today’s higher primates – monkeys, apes and humans – and more distant relatives.

And there you have it.  A 47-million-year-old specimen of a mammal that appears to be kin to us.  I love science.  I can’t wait to use this in my unit on human evolution next fall.  

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